Irish Soda Bread

This Irish soda bread recipe is super easy to make and tastes fantastic.  Nothing says St. Patrick’s Day like some Irish soda bread, right?  I also love it as a breakfast.  Top it with some butter and have it with a cup of hot coffee. Soooo good.  Note this recipe makes 2 loaves.  My family eats the entire first loaf with dinner so I always make a back-up so I can squirrel some of it to work for breakfast or a snack during the day.  If you don’t want two loaves, simply halve the recipe.

Do-ahead tip:  soak the raisins in a bow of water overnight.  This will allow them to absorb the water and stay plump and juicy when the bread is cooked.

Do-ahead tip: line a cookie sheet with non-stick foil and then rub a stick of butter on the foil, making a light coating.  This will keep your bread from sticking and also make the bottom crust a bit tastier.
Hint:  If you are not a fan of caraway seeds, just add less.  I’m not a huge fan so I usually half the amount.  If I make it for others, I use the full amount.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Gather up your ingredients.

Whisk together the dry ingredients.

Make a well for the wet ingredient and raisins.

Combine ingredients until sticky.

Add flour to a clean surface and knead the bread just a bit and then split evenly into two loaves.

Shape the loaves and put them on a cookie sheet covered in non-stick aluminum foil.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Loaves are ready when tops turn a slight golden color and a toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool 5 minutes on the cookie sheet, then remove to wire rack to finish cooling.


Irish Soda Bread

  • Author: Kathleen



4 cups all-purpose flour + flour for dusting kneading surface
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 cups raisins (soaked overnight)
2 tablespoon caraway seeds (use less if you’re not a fan)
2 cups buttermilk


Soak raisins overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Whisk together dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Flour kneading surface.
Add buttermilk to flour mixture, mix together with your hands.
Add raisins.
Remove dough to floured surface, knead lightly, then split the dough in half.
Shaped into 2 loaves and put onto greased foil-lined baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Bread is ready when the top is lightly golden and a toothpick comes out clean.

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